The Lit C-1: The Electric Motorcycle-Car That Stays Upright In A Collision

by , 12/28/14
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We’ve seen electric cars and electric bikes, but this is the first time we’ve seen a vehicle that combines elements of the two. Not just that, but Lit Motor’s Lit C-1—a compact two-wheeler—also features electronic gyroscopes that allow the vehicle to stay upright in the event of a collision!

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Rayton's new super-efficient, affordable solar panels could trump fossil fuels

by , 12/28/14

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Striking another blow to the oil and gas industries, an American solar company has developed technology that can produce super-efficient solar power that’s cheaper than fossil fuels. Rayton Solar’s new solar panel manufacturing technology uses 50 to 100 times less silicon than other technologies, cutting out large amounts of the most costly component of solar panels. The company says its patent-pending process uses just four microns worth of silicon, leaving no waste – while boosting efficiency to 24 percent. That’s 25 percent higher than industry standard efficiency, according to the company

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Sinato cleverly adds an L-shaped wood partition to expand a small apartment in Japan

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HOW TO: Spice up winter with this delicious homemade Mexican hot chocolate

by , 12/28/14
filed under: Inhabitots

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Hot cocoa is one of our favorite winter beverages, but we also understand how easy it is to grow bored with the classic and over-served drink. Thats why we’ve whipped up a recipe for a delicious homemade Mexican hot chocolate that uses a pinch of cayenne to spice up those winter nights. Even better, our recipe is 100% vegan, and uses almond milk and dark chocolate pieces to achieve a smooth and velvety taste.

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Wearable biospheres could allow people to live on other planets

by , 12/27/14

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If humans are ever going to survive on different planets in our solar system, we are going to need a steady supply of oxygen, food and water. People have had any number of ideas to solve the problem, but this idea might be the most surreal yet. These bacteria-filled biospheres could produce all the light, water and food humans need in a portable, wearable suit.

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New study confirms 'Limits to Growth' prediction of imminent global collapse

by , 12/27/14
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The book Limits to Growth – a 1972 harbinger of the “death of the planet” – was largely dismissed in its time time as being improbable at best and at worst, alarmist. But new research shows that the book was likely right – not just about a few things – but about almost everything forecast about the planet’s collapse.

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What is your favorite Inhabitots story of 2014?

by , 12/27/14
filed under: Inhabitots, Tiny Homes

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As 2014 draws to a close, we are looking back at the Inhabitot stories that inspired, amused and touched us. From natural fairy tale-like tunnels to a realistic Barbie doll and enchanting images of life on a farm, 2014 has been full of stories that astounded readers and made us all take another look at the world around us. Read through our story round-up and tell us which one is your favorite.

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This brilliant house fits perfectly into its mountain site, thanks to computer mapping

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Watch this MIT Researcher Triple the Size of a 200-Foot Apartment Using 'Minority Report'-Like Gestures

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MIT Media Lab’s Changing Places team has created a futuristic device that could make your tiny apartment feel more like a spacious penthouse. Introducing CityHome, a motorized and compact “home in a box” that can make a 200 square foot space feel like a room three times larger. Equipped with built-in sensors, motors, and LED lights, this multipurpose invention will even expand and collapse with a wave of your hand or the sound of your voice.

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Solar Power Generator!

by , 12/27/14

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Solar power is a clean, renewable energy source that can help limit climate change by liberating us from fossil fuels – but do you know what actually makes the technology tick? It’s not as complex as it seems – and this awesome new DIY tutorial from Rapid Online walks you through everything you need to know to make your own solar power generator! The full infographic explains which components you need, provides a step-by-step guide to assembling a photovoltaic system, and contains lots of useful facts about solar generators as well as some important safety precautions – check it out after the break!

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Tesla's new battery swap station will give electric vehicles a full charge in 3 minutes flat

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Last year, Tesla announced plans for a new battery swap technology that would give Model S owners the ability to replace their depleted battery with a fully charged one in less time than it takes to fill a gas tank. Tesla is now ready to launch a pilot version of that technology, and it’ll kick off in Harris Ranch, CA.

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Anagraphic's Starry Light LED Lamp Casts Constellations of Stars Across Your Ceiling

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What if you could capture the night sky and bring the light of countless shining stars indoors? Budapest-based design duo Anna Farkas and Miklós Batisz’s new Starry Light LED pendant lamp does exactly that. The unique lamp provides local lighting while projecting a starry night sky on your ceiling through holes drilled in its hemispheric shade. The pendant’s LED light source—specially developed for Starry Light lamps—emits light beams of different strength upwards and downwards, thus creating ideal luminosity for an intimate dinner while conjuring the starry sky. The collection is based on Anna’s original idea of a lampshade as an art piece, and it’s set to debut next week at Tent London during the London Design Festival.

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Tesla's updated Roadster 3.0 can travel 400 miles on a single charge

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Lithium-ion battery technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past few years – and Tesla just packed the state of the art into a Roadster update package that gives the electric vehicle a range of 400 miles and a more aerodynamic profile. The Tesla Roadster is no longer in production, but that doesn’t mean that Tesla has forgotten about its original vehicle, which can now travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge.

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HOW TO: Recycle Your Holiday Wrapping Paper

by , 12/26/14

What to Do With Your Holiday Wrapping Paper

Ah, the day after Christmas – if you’ve been greening your holiday thus far, why stop now? One of the simplest ways to keep up the great eco-work is to recycle that colorful mound of ripped-up wrapping paper left in the aftermath of Christmas day. If you need ideas, we’ve got 5 easy ways to reuse your giftwrap, so check them out now!

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree at MulchFest 2015!

by , 12/26/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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New Yorkers looking to recycle their Christmas trees after the holidays can do so the easy way at MulchFest 2015. On January 10th and 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the New York City Department of Sanitation and GreeNYC will be setting up their tree recycling stations at designated parks across the city! Simply bring your tree to one of the convenient locations, and have it transformed into mulch to be used at city parks or take some home for yourself.

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Passive House Che in Romania has a super fun indoor net canopy

Passive House Che in Romania has a super fun indoor net canopy

Located in northern Romania in the town of Suceava surrounded by a mature forest, Passive House Che enjoys its surrounding environment by engaging with it through large windows.…

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Will Florida's new artificial reef bring economic prosperity or ecological destruction?

Will Florida's new artificial reef bring economic prosperity or…

Thanks to British Petroleum (BP) decimating the oceanic habitats in the Gulf of Mexico with the infamous Deepwater Horizon spill, their Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund is now…

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River map shows which way every river in the US flows

River map shows which way every river in the US flows

Andrew Hill created this mind-blowing map of the rivers of the continental United States, colored according to the direction in which they flow. Hill, of Vizzuality, used the the…

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Details of NYC's plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions begin to surface

Details of NYC's plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions begin to surface

Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an ambitious goal of reducing New York’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Now some of the details of the plan are surfacing,…

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Art gallery Tate ordered to disclose BP sponsorship details

Art gallery Tate ordered to disclose BP sponsorship details

UK art organization Tate has been ordered by an informational tribunal to release details of the sponsorship they received from oil giant BP from 1990-2006. Environmental campaigner…

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